Dunkirk: The British Evacuation, 1940

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Rigel, 2004 - History - 206 pages
This is the story of the dark days of 1940, when defeat overtook the British Expeditionary Force in Flanders and the ghost of a great army came home from France. It is the story of a lost campaign, as untried young men armed with little more than rifles took on the might of Hitler's panzer divisions while the Allied armies crumbled on all sides. It is the story of French soldiers too, whose heroism and sacrifice made the deliverance of Dunkirk possible. It was the greatest disaster in British military history: the Second World War was all but lost. Yet from the rout rose that legendary spirit that somehow found triumph in defeat, success in the extraordinary evacuation of so many men from beneath the German guns. Robert Jackson's closely detailed account of three weeks of battle, and the nine days it took an armada of ships to evacuate 198,000 troops, recalls with startling clarity how unprepared were the British for war in 1940. Book jacket.

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

The story of Dunkirk,; not a pleasant one, which represents the nadir of the BEF in Europe. Easy read, that benefits from good research and looking back through time to the peak of Germany's advance to the West. Read full review


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